Herbal extracts have been traditionally used to maintain, restore and improve health. But which is the best way to experience the medicinal benefits of an herb – capsules, teas or liquid extracts? Capsules may be convenient and teas may be easy to make but a liquid herbal extract offers benefits that these do not.
Tablets and capsules lose the potency of many of their active ingredients both in production and storage. Herbal tablets are prepared with fillers, binders and other materials necessary to compress the ground herbs into a tablet form. Herbal capsules tend to be better than tablets because they dissolve more easily in the stomach and do not contain the extra binding materials, however, if the body is not digesting and assimilating well, the potential therapeutic benefits of an herbal extract are diminished. Herbs in a capsule and tablet form also loose potency faster as they are exposed to oxygen.
Liquid Herbal Extracts tend to be more potent and offer a greater concentration of the plant’s medicinal properties. Their absorption occurs more quickly allowing the herbal properties to enter the bloodstream with minimal digestive effort.
Benefits of Taking a Liquid Herbal Extract:
1.They are absorbed more easily.
2. They are easy to take.
3. They have a longer shelf-life.
4. They offer a greater concentration of the plant constituents.
5. They can be mixed in water, juice, or tea.
6. They allow the aroma and taste of an herb to be experienced.
7. May provide quicker benefits.
Some herbs will not release their innate healing properties without a strong solvent such as Alcohol to extract its medicinal benefits. Alcohol has proven to work better than water for the extraction process of the plant’s active herbal constituents (parts of the plant that have an action on the body). It also protects the extract from bacterial growth, enhances the potency of the herb, preserves without refrigeration, extends shelf-life and brings out the aroma and flavor of the herbs.
Most liquid herbal extracts can have a shelf life of up to 2 to 4 years. Store the liquid extract in a cool, dark place and shake well before each use. Always mix the dose in water, juice or tea to avoid irritating the mouth. Sip slowly and savor the flavor and aroma – an integral part of the plant’s therapeutic benefits. And don’t forget to check with your doctor – some herbs are contra-indicated when taking prescription drugs.
The Lymphatic System consists of a network of vessels, nodes, lymph fluid and organs that helps control fluid balance, rid our bodies of wastes, filter toxins, as well as transport and absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Your lymphatic system is a vital part of your immune system. It produces and distributes critical disease-fighting cells called lymphocytes and macrophages. If your lymphatic circulation slows or stagnates, toxins begin to accumulate and immune cells cannot travel efficiently to the areas of the body where they are needed, weakening the body’s ability to fight infection, inflammation and disease. The lymphatic system isn’t lucky enough to have a powerful organ like the heart to keep fluid flowing. It must rely on our muscle movements as its pump. The Lymphatic system is also unique in that lymph fluid flows in only 1 direction – towards the heart.
By supporting your lymphatic system, you boost your immune system, remove toxins, transport vital nutrients and help maintain a healthy body. Here are 10 ways to improve your Lymphatic Health!
Exercise may possibly be one of the simplest and most effective ways for you to promote lymphatic health. Exercising increases the oxygen supply to tissues and cells and stimulates blood and lymph circulation. When the body does not regularly move, it can cause weight gain, digestive issues and impede immune functions. Swimming, dancing, stretching and climbing stairs are among a few of the many exercises that will stimulate lymph flow. Practicing Yoga is another great exercise. Yoga poses are designed to improve flexibility, build muscle strength, boost energy and vitality, and enhance lung function through deep breathing. Deep breathing enhances the depth of the stretch, relaxes the body, calms the mind and stimulates lymph flow. You can also incorporate yoga poses that stretch the hips and target the groin area which contains a major concentration of lymph nodes. Walking is an accessible exercise that nearly everyone can fit into their day. If you don’t have the opportunity to walk around outside, take occasional breaks to simply walk in place. Just get moving and perspire! Perspiration is one of the ways our body eliminates toxins.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Getting regular massages is crucial, especially to those who are unable to exercise. Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a special type of massage that incorporates a light, rhythmic stroke to encourage the natural flow and drainage of lymph throughout the body. Applying LymphoCare® during a massage provides the added benefit of a select blend of nutrient-rich oils and anti-inflammatory botanicals to nourish tissues and relieve swelling. It supports the body’s ability to detoxify and cleanse. Remember to massage towards the heart!
Eat healthfully by incorporating raw foods like fruits and vegetables. They offer high levels of antioxidants and naturally occurring enzymes that protect and nourish the cells of the body, adding powerful support to the immune and lymphatic systems. Raw foods are primarily alkaline, which helps neutralize harmful pathogens, lessening the burden on the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is mainly composed of water and must be hydrated to function at its highest level. Drinking purified or spring water or water with antioxidant extracts such as lemon water is an excellent detoxification strategy to flush toxins from the body. Sipping warm water every morning with a squeeze of fresh lemon can help to alkalize the body and stimulate the lymphatic system, relieving congestion, bloating, tiredness, stiffness and even skin break-outs.
With some simple and gentle movements, this “lymph cleansing” breathing exercise helps to energize the body, improve posture and stimulate circulation. Cayce advises;
“Mornings upon arising take for 2 minutes to exercise in this manner – where the body, standing with the feet flat on the floor, gently rises to the toes at the same time bringing the arms high above the head. Then bring these as far back as possible or practical, swinging both arms back. Then gradually bring them towards the front, then let down. Breathe IN as the body rises and OUT as the body brings the hands to the front, slowly. Do this three or four times each morning…”
Enzymes are utilized by the body to clear toxic-waste buildup in the lymph and blood, making their supplementation a key way to improve lymphatic health. If the enzymes in the body are insufficient, the nutrients from food may pass through the digestive system without being fully digested. Super Enzymes are a comprehensive blend of enzymes that break down fats, proteins and carbs to support healthy digestive functions.
Herbs are a great resource for aiding the body to cleanse and detoxify. Many herbs have been researched for their ability to improve lymphatic flow and drainage and to enhance liver functions. Ojibwa Tea is a blend of herbs historically used to boost the body’s ability to meet serious immune challenges. Milk Thistle has strong antioxidant properties that protect the liver, gallbladder and kidneys. It supports the body’s natural detoxification pathways to optimize health. Goldenseal has been traditionally administered to reduce inflammation and boost the body’s immune response.
Dry Skin Brushing
Dry brushing involves using a natural bristle, moderately stiff brush with a long handle to reach all areas of the body. Gently brush over the skin towards the heart. This technique boosts lymph flow by stimulating circulation, clearing clogged pores, reducing muscle tension and exfoliating dead skin cells.
Actively Reduce Stress
Chronic stress has negative effects on all of the body systems, including the Lymphatic system. Try meditating, listening to relaxing music, reading an inspirational book, enrolling in an art class, enjoying a massage or walking in the fresh air. Cayce advises: “budget the time so that there may be a regular period for sustaining the physical being and also for sustaining the mental and spiritual being.” Unplug and unwind at the end of a long day, your lymph nodes will thank you.
Avoid Tight Fitting Garments
Lymph nodes are highly concentrated around the chest region to drain fluid from breasts, arms, and the chest. So avoid underwire bras to prevent any unnecessary restriction on lymphatic vessels. If a bra is too tight, or if the underwire is too restrictive, the lymph is constricted, preventing normal drainage and may cause impairment of lymph flow.
Empower your body, mind and spirit!
By Bruce Baar, MS, ND
Cola Syrup is still used today as a home remedy for mild nausea and stomach distress. I have used it myself and I find it to be a pleasant, safe and a fast-acting remedy. The most common way to prepare Cola Syrup is to pour a small amount over cracked ice and sip it slowly every few minutes. It may also be diluted with water or sipped straight in its syrup form without ice. Because many health care practitioners are suggesting the avoidance of carbonated beverages, this simple remedy is a natural choice.
Baar Products offers 2 types of Cola syrup, one made with natural cane sugar and one made with high fructose corn syrup. A change occurred many years ago when the price of sugar became very expensive and high fructose corn syrup was substituted by the big beverage companies. Because of the many customer requests for Cola Syrup made with natural cane sugar, we have introduced a caffeine-free Cane Sugar formula. Both are old-fashioned remedies and favorites that are great to have available in the home medicine chest.
Benefits and Mixtures:
· Cola syrup is excellent for relieving nausea, settling an upset stomach and calming the urge to vomit.
· This syrup is perfect as a base for occasional beverage making for those who wish to avoid carbonation.
· Most common use for nausea is to pour 1-2 tablespoons over crushed ice, sip slowly.
· Other diluted preparations include mixing 1 ounce Cola Syrup with 3-5 ounces of plain water.
Cayce recommended that Cola Syrup be used like a medicine rather than as a beverage. He advised that mixed with plain water, the syrup acted as an alkalizer for the body and cleanser for the bladder and kidneys. Here are some of Cayce’s comments:
For The Kidney:
Do take … Cola occasionally as a drink for the activity of the kidneys, but do not take it with carbonated water. Buy or have the syrup prepared and add plain water to this. Take about 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. of the syrup and add plain water. This to be taken about every other day with or without ice. This will aid in purifying the kidney activity and bladder and will be better for the body. –Cayce
Cleanse kidneys by taking pure … Cola syrup (1 oz. to an ounce and a half of plain water.) Take this for ten days – leave off five days and repeat for a month, then leave off a month and repeat. –Cayce
Keep free from ANY carbonated waters, for the carbonations cause an effluvium in the blood. To be sure, …Cola is helpful to the kidneys, but if taken, use the… -Cola syrup in plain water – and this to the body will not be very palatable. –Cayce
Kidney and Liver:
Do not take too heavy foods for this body. Never take any carbonated water, although it will be found that the syrup of …. Cola in plain water will be well for the body, for this will react with the circulation between the kidneys and the liver, and will clear off much of the poisons which will be more beneficial for the activity of the sensory system. Do that. –Cayce
Kidney and Bladder:
Do take… Cola occasionally as a drink for the activity of the kidneys, but do not take it with carbonated water. Buy or have the syrup prepared and add plain water to this. Take about 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. of the syrup and add plain water. This to be taken about every other day with or without ice. This will aid in purifying the kidney activity and bladder and will be better for the body. — Cayce
Kidney and Blood:
…Cola or the like, if it is prepared from the syrup and using plain water (not carbonated water), will be not harmful; in fact, it would be helpful for the kidneys and for the purifying of the blood flow. — Cayce
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Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, occur most often in adults over 50. They can be uncomfortable, painful and are often accompanied by itching, burning, swelling and painless bleeding. Hemorrhoids are enlarged, swollen veins found inside or around the rectum and are often a result of straining during bowel movements, increased pressure due to pregnancy, chronic constipation, strained lifting, low fiber diet, fighting the urge to “go” and lower spinal injury.
Many people can experience relief with some simple lifestyle changes such as: drinking more water, increasing fiber intake or adding moderate exercise such as walking, yoga or swimming.
Edgar Cayce gave over 100 readings for individuals with hemorrhoid conditions and advised therapies ranging from colonics, massage, spinal adjustments, stretching exercises, fume or sitz baths, topical ointments, dietary changes and a variety of digestive aids.
Cayce frequently attributed the onset of this condition to poor eliminations, high levels of toxins in the body, glandular imbalance, poor circulation and hyperacidity.
Cayce also recommended daily stretching exercises to relieve pressure in the lower abdomen area.
“a very helpful exercise… would be the bending exercise with the hands raised high above the head, bending forward to bring the hands as close to the floor as possible. Do this for two or three minutes morning and evening.” (Cayce)
“Hence if there will be morning and evening the exercise, not the stooping but the bending – raising the hands high above the head – as these are slowly raised, rising on toes, drawing IN the deep breath through the nostril – as the body is bent forward, with the fingers toward the floor, exhale through the mouth – doing this SLOWLY, consistently, for a minute or such, morning and evening – we may find conditions on the mend.” (Cayce)
“… There should be rather the slower rising upon the toes, not bouncing up but as the arms are stretched upward and the deep breath is taken these should be as rhythmic and not too jerky in their activity. These, though, tend to make for the opening of activities along the hips, the spine, the shoulders, the chest, and tend to make for the keeping of the circulation through the breathing in as raised, exhaling through the mouth as bending forward – a helpful and hopeful condition for the body, bringing into play the muscles of the shoulders, the hips. Thus we will relieve those tendencies that have been indicated that have existed in portions of the cerebrospinal system as related to the lymph circulation and flow through the head and neck. For these as the body will find will tend to make for, morning and evening, the throwing off of refuse as it were from the throat and head and the bronchial tubes. And with the exercises in the open, as recuperative forces at play and at work, will make for the more helpful and the more enlivening of the whole of the body-physical forces. The local applications for those conditions in the rectum and the activities through the sphincter centers have been indicated and these as they are used will be found to work with the exercise and with the care and attention [TIBBEX] as will or should be taken regarding the diets and the general activity.” (Cayce)
Incorporate some of these simple strategies to relieve the stress and strain of hemorrhoids. Be sure to see a medical practitioner if bleeding occurs as this can also be the sign of other medical issues.
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How does the body detox?
Your body has its own amazing internal ability to cleanse and detoxify. The primary organs involved in these critical processes are the liver, colon, lungs, skin and kidneys. They work to filter wastes, protect the body from harmful invaders and eliminate toxins. Over time, dealing with poor dietary habits, environmental pollutants, stress, medications and lack of exercise can overwhelm the body’s ability to detox and eliminate impurities impacting the digestive system, joint health, immune function, hormone balance, skin health and more.
Four Key Processes to Health
Assimilation, Elimination, Circulation and Relaxation are integral to overall health. Assimilation refers to the body’s ability to absorb and utilize nutrients. These nutrients are used by every cell in the body to nourish and repair themselves. The body’s Elimination system uses a number of different channels to rid the body of wastes. The liver, lungs, lymphatic system, blood/ circulatory system, colon, kidney and skin are vital filtering and cleansing systems. The body’s Circulatory system is the key to sustaining life for the entire body. It works to carry the rebuilding forces to the body, as well as aiding in eliminations. Relaxation is fundamental to the health of the body’s nervous system. You may be familiar with the phrases: “thoughts are things” and “mind is the builder”. Harnessing the mind-body connection is a powerful tool for health.
Helpful Hints for Detoxifying, Naturally
1. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.
The body is composed of almost 70% water. It is needed by every cell in our body to function properly. It lubricates joints, aids the body’s eliminations, supports healthy kidney functions, improves skin complexion, boosts the immune system, and improves energy levels.
2. Breathing Exercises
Slow, deliberate, deep breathing has wonderful benefits. It calms and relaxes both the body and mind, helping the lungs to release carbon dioxide as well as ease pain, enhance lymphatic flow and improve digestion.
3. Stretching Exercises
There are many styles of stretching, including static, yoga and pilates. Stretching exercises can help improve circulation, improve posture putting lease stress on our internal organs, ease muscle tension resulting in greater flexibility, support healthy nerve function for better relaxation and improve lymphatic drainage for stronger immune function. Try Peter Van Damn’s “Exercise for All” DVD for 15 minutes daily.
4. Take a Daily Walk
This simple practice exercises the heart, improves circulation and increases oxygen intake. It’s also a great stress reducer.
5. Natural Laxatives
While laxatives can relieve occasional constipation, they are generally not recommended for long term use. But when you need one, a laxative can bring fast relief. Laxatives have different modes of action, some adding bulk fiber and others helping with motility/bowel movement. Sulflax, Senna, Fletcher’s Castoria, Inner Clean, Baar’s Organic Olive Oil and Fig Syrup offer natural choices.*
6. Sauna or Sweat Baths
Get ready to sweat. Taking a sauna can mimic the benefits of mild exercise. It can improve blood flow, help the body get rid of stored toxins (detox), strengthen the immune system and improve skin health.*
7. Castor Oil Pack
The external use of this ancient oil is enhanced through the application of a pack. Castor Oil applied to wool or cotton flannel and placed over the abdomen helps focus the benefits of this therapeutic oil over the organs of assimilation and elimination, stimulating the gallbladder, spleen, immune and lymphatic systems as well as digestive organs. Adding mild heat from a heating pad helps to further concentrate the oil’s absorption.
8. Herbal Tonics
Formulated to help restore, detox, tone and invigorate various systems in the body, an herbal tonic is prepared from a specific blend of plants, known as herbs. These herbal tonics (from the Cayce Readings) use select herbs to support health and promote well-being. New Seasons™ Tonic 545, Optikade™ Vibratonic™ 3810, Herbal Tonic 208, De-Tense™, Respicol® and Herbal Tonic 636 are just a few of the formulations that help the body’s natural detoxification, assimilation and elimination processes.*
* As with any program, before you start check with your physician if you are on medications or have an existing health condition.
Don’t just make a resolution, create a lifestyle change. Incorporate the habits that support your physical, mental and spiritual health and experience a stronger, more joyful and healthier you.